Free Waste Disposal Days will be taking place at area Eco-Depots and Transfer Stations on the weekend of May 25. Photo: TNRD

Local News Briefs: Free waste disposal day coming up

Plus free workshops, a library open house, jam night, Skip’s Run, and more

Watering restrictions

Stage 1 watering restrictions are now in effect in Ashcroft through Sept. 30, 2019 unless otherwise indicated. This means that houses with even numbers water on even days and houses with odd numbers water on odd days.

Residences with in-ground sprinklers may water from midnight tp 6 a.m., while residences that use hoses and sprinklers may water from 6 to 9 a.m. and 8 to 11 p.m.. In the event of a power outage, please restrict all water use except for emergency situations.

If you are an Ashcroft resident and have not yet picked up a free water conservation kit, you can do so at the Village office (601 Bancroft Street) weekdays during regular office hours.

Free Waste Disposal Days/Hazardous Household Waste Round-up

A reminder that area residents can take one free load of material for disposal at TNRD Eco-Depots and Transfer Stations during the free Waste Disposal Days which will be held at the Cache Creek Transfer Station and the 70 Mile Eco-Depot during regular hours on Saturday, May 25, and at the Clinton and Lytton Eco-Depots and the Spences Bridge and Loon Lake Transfer Stations during regular hours on Sunday, May 26.

The free Hazardous Household Waste Round-Up will be held on Saturday, May 25 adjacent to the Heritage Park on Railway Avenue in Ashcroft. Household Hazardous Waste is material labelled corrosive, poisonous, ignitable, or toxic. Examples include adhesives, paint thinners, chemicals, cleaners, mercury, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, paint, oils, and gasoline.

For more information visit the TNRD website at

Lytton Library news

The Lytton Library is welcoming a new Branch Head, Kristi Wiebe, and everyone is invited to meet her at the library during an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17. There will be light refreshments on hand, and an opportunity for patrons to share their ideas for the library, which is located at 121 4th Street, Lytton.

Jamming at UniTea

All musicians are invited to bring their instruments and come on down to UniTea Café and Lounge on Railway Avenue in Ashcroft starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 for a Jam Night.

The PA system will be set up for a rocking good time for everyone, whether you’re there to play or listen.

Skip’s Run

Sunday, June 2 marks the ninth annual Skip’s Charity Run, sponsored by the Ashcroft and District Lions Club in memory of longtime Lion Skip Stuart.

Participants can walk, run, or roll courses of varying lengths, with funds raised going to support local charities.

The entry fee is $25 (seniors, and children/youth aged 17 and under), $30 (adults), and $80 (family), with rates increasing after May 29. Registration is now open at

Business Plan workshop

Community Futures, in partnership with Thompson Rivers University, is facilitating a Business Plan workshop, which will be in Lillooet (June 5), Lytton (June 12), and Ashcroft (June 19).

Each workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will provide participants with the tools necessary to complete a comprehensive business plan, whether you are just starting out or are an existing business that wants to diversify your products or services.

There is no charge to attend the workshop. For more information regarding time and location, or to register, go to


The fourth annual Walhaschindig will be taking place at the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall in Walhachin on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this family event that features open mic sessions, great live music, concessions, pie and ice cream, beer and wine, face painting, Henna by Deva, Uncle Chris the Clown, and more.

If you would like to volunteer, or participate as an entertainer, contact Assu Nydam at (250) 318-6100 or Check out the Facebook page (Walhachin, BC) for information and updates.

New name for road company

The Dawson Group has renamed one of its companies to reflect the fact it has experienced significant new growth in B.C. Starting immediately, Interior Roads Ltd. becomes Dawson Road Maintenance Ltd. A key factor in the decision to change the name centres around Interior Roads’ move into new parts of the province.

The company recently acquired the highways maintenance contract for the North Peace, which encompasses northeast B.C. from Fort St. John to the Yukon and Alberta borders. As well, the company maintains highways and roads covering the Cariboo from Cache Creek to north of Williams Lake to Bella Coola in the west.

With the new name comes a fresh logo, which will replace the company’s current logo on vehicles and signs in all service areas. Other companies in the Dawson Group, which has its head office in Kamloops, include Dawson Construction, Eagle Rock Construction, IRL International Truck Centres, IRL Idealease, and DCM Transport.

Park Wardens on patrol in new book

A new children’s book that is available for pre-sale takes kids on patrol in Canada’s rugged Rocky Mountains. Rocky Mountain Rangers: Guardians of the Wild aims to bring the majesty of the Rockies to kids across Canada, and inspire a love of the outdoors and pride in our natural heritage.

The book is based on the music of Alberta band The Wardens, made up of three park wardens who have watched over Banff National Park for more than 60 years, and is illustrated by award-winning Kelowna-born artist Lia Golemba. It was inspired by a four-year-old Alberta boy obsessed with cowboys and horses, whose mother couldn’t find him many contemporary Canadian books, so decided to publish her own.

“It’s a celebration of the mountains and nature, with liberal doses of art, rhyming verse, and humour,” says Golemba, who based her illustrations on photographs of The Wardens at work in the Rockies. The book can be ordered on Kickstarter with a pledge of $20 or more at It will be printed in June and mailed in July.

Be prepared for emergencies

After the last two flood and wildfire seasons, British Columbians understand some of the hazards in the province, and know the importance of being prepared. Planning ahead can help protect loved ones and reduce stress in the event of any kind of emergency, including a natural disaster, so British Columbians are encouraged to make a plan, compile a kit, and build resiliency in their homes and communities in case of emergency or disaster. PreparedBC—a one-stop shop for disaster readiness information—has the resources needed to help people prepare, and is getting back to basics this year by focusing on three key steps: know the hazards in your local area; make a plan to help keep focused and safe during an emergency; and build an emergency kit and assemble grab-and-go bags.

For tips on how to prepare an emergency plan and what to include in an emergency kit, visit

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